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of threat to the united states. both got hit by a big disaster, and i think both responded very, very positively. i think -- i don't disagree with a single thing the president said that he was doing better. in the future, when someone like this guy's father comes into an embassy, we won't just make a little note about it, we're going to pull his visa and see to it that he doesn't get on an airplane. but i think there are a couple of things that the president didn't say that i wish he had talked about. we now know that these terrorists are almost all young male muslims from about a dozen countries. it seems to me that we ought to at least begin a certain degree of profiling. and say that every such person gets special kinds of screening before they get on a plane coming to the united states when they are not citizens of the united states itself. that's number one. and number two, he didn't change his view on whether or not someone like this guy should be charged in a criminal court and given fifth amendment rights. i'm convinced that he should first be treated as an enemy combatant and
been this delay. >> the former president of the united states, bill clinton, take it, has been spending time with the president today at the white house. what do weigh know about this? >> you know, it is interesting because we saw him come here to the white house to have a meeting with the president. we asked about that when we saw him arrive here. we were told that he came and was simply in town. and came here to stop by and meet with the president and also meet with other officials here at the white house. we don't know if he's still here. . beyond that we don't know anything else about that meeting. it does seem interesting the timing of this while this is all taking place, the former president, bill clinton did come by the white house. >> stand by. we will be getting back to you. once again, we are awaiting the president. he's supposed to come out around 4:30 p.m. eastern, 27 minutes or so from now. let's bring in our -- our panel, national security contributor, fran townsend, former homeland security adviser to president bush. also with us, national security analyst peter bergen. s
you have to speak to it? >> oh, sure, yes, i do. gularly. here in the united states, in europe and in the middle east. that assertion is based on the assumption that the united states cannot at the same time be totally committed to israel's security-- which we are-- and be totally committed to the creation of the palestinian state-- which we are. and i believe that those are not mutually exclusive. to the contrary, that i believe they are mutually reinforcing. it will help israel get security for its people if the palestinians have a state and this issue is over. >> rose: george mitchell for the hour. next. if you've had a coke in the last 20 years, ( screams ) you've had a hand in giving college scholarships... and support to thousands of our nation's... most promising students. ♪ ( coca-cola 5-note mnemonic ) captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new york city, this is charlie rose. >> rose: george mitchell is here. he is president obama's special envoy to the middle east, the former maine senator and majority leader has a proven record of brokerin
requirements for individuals lying to the united states. every individual applying to the united states from anywhere in the world who has an itinerary are passed for from nations that are sponsors of terrorism or countries of interest are in charge go through -- are required to go through enhanced screening. others will go through random threat based enhanced screening. at airports throughout the u.s. we have airport law enforcement officials and security measures but seen and unseen. i want to express our thanks for the traveling public for their patience with the increased security measures. i want to thank the department of homeland security personnel who have been engaged on a day- to-day basis to implement them since christmas. today i would like to describe to you five of the recommendations that are included in our report to the president. first, there needs to be an evaluation and modification of the criteria and process used to create the terrorist watch list. this will involve the border, and security and other members of the intelligence community. the effort will include evaluat
threats to the united states be distributed more rapidly and more widely. third he is directing that we strengthen the analyst progress. denny blair will take the lead improving the day-to-day effort and the advisory board will take the longer term challenge of identifying and analyzing the intelligence from the broad universe of the intelligence we collect. that challenge is growing every day. finally, the president is ordering an immediate effort to strengthen the criteria used to add individuals to the terrorist watch list. especially the no-fly list. so we do a better job keeping dangerous people off airplanes. the president said he is going to hold all of us, the staff, the national security team, agencies, accountable for implementing these reforms. the security staff has been watching the progress. and are to report back on 30 days and regular basis after that and i will do so. taken together, the reforms are going to improve the intelligence community ability to do its job better, to collect, share, integrate, analyze and act on intelligence swiftly and intellige intelligently t
going to come to the fore. i think independents might. in many states in the united states today, there are more registered independents or unenrolled or the states have different names for them. who are not affiliated with either party. and i think there are more people -- i'm not the only person who is fed up with the high level of partisanship, and i think, you know, there have already been independents elected governors in some states, some local communities are getting rid of party designations for, you know, races for mayor and city council, so i think we may see slowly perhaps a rise of the independents politically. >> thank you. >> hi, i'm from washington jefferson college. you actually already answered two of my questions, but i guess i was wondering, since barack obama already, you know, tried to enhance the role of the congress, by letting them do what they're supposed to do, do you think that he will continue this encouragement and have them keep doing what they're supposed to do or do you think that the criticism of what he tried to do will maybe stop him in the futu
students from all over the united states. i've been associated with this program as faculty director for about 10 years. and this is a program which is very dear to my heart. and we have consistently had some of the best, most authoritative speakers available. and cerda, this is true of juan zarate. there is a scene in the 1975 movie about the watergate invasion, all the presidents men. and there's a meeting in an underground washington garage and watch how holbrook, playing an informant known by the name of deep throat, tells robert redford playing bob warburg, the "washington post" reporter, that if he wants to find out who is responsible for the water great burglary, at democratic party headquarters, at the watergate, you should follow the money. well, we have some here today who has followed money. in his capacity as deputy assistant secretary of the treasury. and this was a job that really involves one of the most complex tasks in the antiterrorism effort. that have these people get their money, how they spend their money, and it takes a person with uncommon diligence and uncomm
nigerians to enact terrorist attacks against the united states. president obama ordered them to follow-up on more leads, share reports and beef up the no fly list. he wants the u.s. to start a sustained and intense effort to stay ahead of the security challenge. >> the u.s. government had the information scattered throughout the system to potentially uncover this plot and disrupt the attack. rather than a failure to collect or share intelligence, this was a failure to connect and understand the intelligence that we already had. >> reporter: these remarks from the president were delivered about 4:30, a short time ago. they were originally supposed to be at 2:00. that shifted actions at the white house. we are in the process right now of standing by for a briefing from white house press secretary robert gibbs. we are monitoring that and will bring it to you live later today. laura, back to you. >> fits fitz, thanks for the overview. >>> a debate over whether to use full body scanners and the obama administration request for increased security. italy announced it will oin britain and the
in my decision to seek election and re-election to the united states senate. on each of these occasions, i have begun my remarks by observing that every important jour nee -- journey in life begins and ends at home. today is no exception. what is different about today, however is not to announce the beginning of yet another campaign, for the united states senate, but rather to announce that after 35 years of representing the people of connecticut in the united states congress, i will not be a candidate for re-election this november. i want to begin these very brief remarks by expressing my deepest gratitude to the wonderful people of connecticut for the remarkable privilege of being elected eight times over the past four decades to our national assembly. you've honored me beyond words with your confidence. let me quickly add that there have been times when my positions and actions have caused some of you to question that confidence. i regret that. it's equally important that you know that i have never waivered in my determination to do the best job for our state and our nation. i love m
that is not to say that the united states is abandoning aid. it is still a vital tool, especially as an emergency response. but for strategic investment -- but through strategic investments, we hope to one day, far from now, to put ourselves out of the aid business except for emergencies. our commitment to partnership extends not only to countries where we work, but to other countries and organizations working there as well. new countries are emerging as important contributors to global development, including china, brazil, and india -- nations with the opportunity to play a key role, and with the responsibility to support sustainable solutions. long time leaders like norway, sweden, denmark, the netherlands, the u.k., japan, and others continue to reach billions through their longstanding work in dozens of countries. multilateral organizations like the world bank, the imf, the undp, the global fund to fight aids, tuberculosis, and malaria have the reach and resources to do what countries working alone cannot, along with valuable expertise in infrastructure, health, and finance initiatives. nonpr
. and they are a critical source of support for north korean defectors in south iraq and in the united states. the roughly 100 north koreans in the united states are receiving help from corian and non-corian christian churches. -- korean and non-korean christian churches. i think that christians play an important role. >> we will try to squeeze in a few more questions. >> peter, thank you for your kind words. you mentioned the exchange-rate issue in german unification. any economist would say that the exchange rate policy that was settled upon by the german government hyde -- made no rational sense whatsoever, but there were powerful political crash -- but pressures of work -- powerful political pressures at work. what do you see the pressures of work on that issue when it comes time for the koreas to unify? who you think will be the contending forces? -- who do you think will be the contending forces? >> that is another really good question that i have not really started to consider. i will just give you a top of the head answer. given that trade unions are really only present at the top table, i think
could be about other possible attacks on the united states. and i really believe the president and attorney general holder really should rethink this. they should really rething this rigid commitment to the criminal justice system. after all, this guy came from outside the country. what he was planning was an attack on america. this is a war-like act. he should not be treated like a domestic criminal. >> larry: can you treat someone as a military combatant and then later try them criminally? >> you can do anything you want. the justice department could move him around in all different ways. the reality is in this particular case, he should have been treated as an enemy combatant. after all, the president and the attorney general have authorized military tribunals. now, if you are going to have military tribunals and you're going to try some people in a military tribunal, somebody who comes to the united states with a bomb to blow up an airplane in one of our cities should be treated as a war time criminal, not like a domestic criminal. and that may be an academic dispute for so
. there is a joint effort going on between the united states and the vietnamese government. to date in terms of resources dedicated by the united states on this effort roughly $4 million. just recently announced the contracting of 1.7 million, 1.69 to be more precise for the construction of a secured landfill. now i've been to the facility, and what has been done to date is effectively a containment effort. a way of trying to limit public access to contaminated soil, water, lakes, ponds as well as the creation of a catchment area to catching water that would be contaminated with dioxin so that does not spread further in the ecosystem. but this has now created a new situation which is say having contained the problem they are moving to clean up, and they're at least the last i heard is the question was do you just try to clean it up right away or basically move the contaminated soil out of the area and find a way of cleaning it up later. appears to have chosen to do the latter. that is to say move it to an area in a secure landfill and then find a way of trying to remove the dioxin from the e
is a ry important word. no other country including the united states recognizes that annexization neitr do the palestinians. but for tsraelis, what theye building in is part of israel. the others don't see it that wa so you have thes wily divergent perspectives on the subject. our view is let's get into negotiations. let's deal with the issues and co up with the solion to all of them including jusalem which will be exedingly difficult but many my judgmen possible. the iselis are no going to stop settlements in... or construction in east jerusalem. theyon't regard that a settlement because they ink it's part of iael. >> rose: people recogniz the annexation. how many count please? to the bestf my knowlee, there aren't any immediaty after the annexion thunited nations... >> rose: so you're going to let them go aad evenhough no one recognizes t annexation. >> you say "let them g ahead." it's what ey regards their country. they don't say there letting us go ahead when we build in manhattan. rose: but dot international rules have somethingo do with what somebody cando to define as their countr
, counterterrorism officials on the ground in the united states were alerted to the name abdulmutallab on that flight manifest and they were going to question him when he landed at detroit. well, if his name was there, and it alerted them to the point that they were going to actually drag him aside and question him, why in fact was he then permitted to get on the plane in the first place. it was said he wasn't on the no-fly list. then why would those authorities want to question him when he landed in the u.s. it will be interesting to hear what the president has to say about that today. >> and jim, that very point suggests that there's an issue as far as, yes, trying to track people in the united states. they want to ask them questions when they meet with customs agents and whatnot once they land. it was almost as if they thought, well, that might be the problem, not that he might actually try to be a problem while he's trying to get here. >> reporter: that's right. one of the questions that intel people are asking is, if they thought that -- if he was a person of concern, wouldn't they think there s
-- on, you are immediately check the database. is he in the united states? if he has a visa, you cancel it. if he wants to come here, that act drives the system to perhaps respond. but right now i don't think the system works. >> thank you. i'm afraid we're out of time. i'd like to thank the panel and thank the audience for coming. let me ask one more time, take a look at our web site www.mepc.org. take a look at our journal and other programs we offer. thank you for coming. [applause] [inaudible conversations] : >> senators john mccain and joe lieberman say that american drone strike just over the border in pakistan are critical in defeating terrorists in the region. this coming from "the associated press." senator lieberman saying the strikes tonight in a saving. senator mccain say they have not al qaeda and other islamic extremist organizations off-balance. he said the u.s. is working with afghanistan and pakistan to reduce civilian suffering. we will have more about u.s. policy in afghanistan, and the challenges the obama administration faces this afternoon. we will hear from richar
the united states knows pull well that there are two al-queda training camps, major ones in yemen, one in sanaway to the middle of the west of the country, the other in abyan province in the south. we know where they are. we watch them with our satellites but cannot actually launch missile strikes against them because al-queda keeps a lot of civilians around. >> we know of two al-queda camps and there's nothing we can do about them. >> we watch them every hour of every day but there are civilians. it's difficult for us to go in because of the backlash caused if we wiped out hundreds of innocent civilians in that kind of attack. that's why they keep them there. >> you happen to remember the uss cole, right. >> yes. >> and a guy who got help from yemen, presumably organized yemen to blow a plane out of our air and we can't take out their training camp. >> that's an argument a lot of people -- >> welcome to america's nightmare. >> exactly. civilian casualties. have to worry about collateral damage because of the backlash. if you go in, wipe out those training camps, all you do, if you cau
on the united states government and military right now? >> i think al-qaeda has an advantage because this stupid thing where this guy couldn't ignite the little bomb in his underpants has caused a massive disruption of commerce all over the world. that's a victory for al-qaeda. >> they have a victory. they have momentum, but they do not have an advantage on the united states. >> they have an advantage that our massive bureaucracy has not caught every -- is not capable of catching every guy with a bomb in his underwear. >> even with the underwear guy, it wasn't -- >> the point is, these guys are sitting in pakistan and yemen saying, we got to do this again and do it fast. you agree with that? >> absolutely. >> so say they do do it again and are successful, obama is done. >> but he has a -- if we learn anything in politics, is people have nine lives. but it will be a major hit if he does not respond appropriately. >> what is he going to do? >> he has to be more hawkish than george bush was on 9-12. >> if we get hit again, he will not get lengthed again -- elected. bush was elected again because of
the united states. and so i think that's where we need to begin, and that doesn't need to erode any authority or respect. in fact, that's the foundation of authentic authority and respect because then we know we're getting to the truth of things and we can build from there. so honest, transparency, confession, good for the soul. >> how do you know, father, when someone needs it? >> well, that's -- that's a very difficult question. i mean, even as a priest who hears confession, sometimes people themselves don't know whether they mean it or not. depends on the formation of the person, the defense mechanisms they put in place. a lot of people don't know what honest honesty is. they live in a kind of illusion that they've projected. not others but themselves. there are the words. whether or not one is taking responsibility or just calculating the political effect of the thing. >> and there's also the notion that it shows the vulnerability, right. leaving the religious stuff out of it, father, i think there is a fear that as the commander and chief, the leader of the free world, if you look very f
of representing the people of connecticut and the united states congress, will not be a candidate for re-election. >> reporter: senator dodd's decision comes as one-third nutmeg state voters would back him, largely because of controversy over the financial dealings. critics claim he got two preferential mortgages from countrywide financial but he denied the special treatment. and voters were angered by the stimulus bill that helped aig executives get millions in bonus. he received more campaign contributions from aig than any other politicians. he alluded to it only briefly. >> there are some of you questioning my confidence. i regret that. >> reporter: the state's popular attorney general richard blumenthal announced he is running for dodd's seat. >> i look forward to being an advocate and fighter of the united states senator. much as i have been at attorney general. >> simmons was leading dodd in the polls and linda mcmahon has vowed to spend $30 million on the race. state republicans say dodd lost touch. >> he lost the trust of the connecticut voters. >> well dodd says he will continu
months i have managed four major pieces of legislation through the united states congress, served as chair and acting chair of two major senate committees placing me at the center of the two most important issues of our time, health care and reform of financial services. i lost a beloved sister in july and in august ted kennedy. i battled cancer over the summer and in the midst of all of this, found myself in the toughest political shape of my career. >> you know, todd harris, it is a weird, strange world when a guy like chris dodd has to leave politics because of poll numbers and someone on your side of the aisle named david vitter who got caught with prostitutes, sex workers in washington and in his home state of louisiana and he's headed towards re-election. explain the thinking of the voters? could it be they vote on symptoms and are more angry about what is affecting them personally rather than what politicians are up to in their hanky panky world. >> i'm not from louisiana. >> explain his survival. >> he hasn't survived. >> he is headed toward it. >> he has a better connecti
it off. gang, stop looking at you. this is the united states in the 1930s. we still had in front of us jets, cars, tvs, the refrigerator. nobody in the world had refrigerators. we made them! we had steel plants. the world came to us. we were 25 in 1930. 45 in 1970s. we still had our not ten poten but things would start to come down. cars, television. this is when we got off the gold standard and started to become a consumption. they new the end was coming. we couldn't keep building because the rest of the world could build it cheaper than us. then 65. when is this? now? 2010, 2012? i don't know. we were, we were going to -- our export was going to be financial advice. nobody in the world is listening to us now. we're consumption and what else? what else? lindsay graham thinks it's a solar panel. and the prius. that is not the answer. and i will show you the evidence on why next. >> glenn: all right. so now you know the situation with the debt and you can see, i mean, are we ever going to be competitive on the system that we have right now? progressives are telling us things are going
, revered private business more than we have now in the united states. that other nations have more pro-growth policies than we do, are more natural resource oriented than we are, less tax oriented, less exposure to huge budget deficits than we do here in america. remember the other night? anadarko jim hackett told us ghana and algeria are easier to deal with than the united states in doing business? algeria. read "savage war and peace." these are more investor friendly than the u.s.? if china is better for capitalism than capitalist america, why shouldn't ghana be a hotbed of investment? what's safe for the united states? what's safer? we're going to talk about developed countries after the break. that's called a tease in tv speak. now, i want to highlight the safest developing ones with terrific stocks to shock you -- that's right. i'm going to shock you out of your complacency. brazil, china and peru. that's right, you heard me. brazil, china and peru are all safe countries to put your money in. in many ways safer than the united states, because they do not favor a dictatorship of th
in yemen-- called al qaeda in the arabian peninsula-- we knew that they sought to strike the united states and that they were recruiting operatives to do so, the intelligence community did not aggressively follow up on and prioritize particular streams of intelligence related to a possible attack against the homeland. second, this contributed to a larger failure of analysis, a failure to connect the dots of intelligence that existed across our intelligence community. third, this in turn fed into shortcomings in the watch- listing system, which resulted in this person not being placed on the no-fly list, thereby allowing him to board that plane in amsterdam for detroit. in sum, the u.s. government had the information scattered throughout the system to potentially uncover this plot and disrupt the attack. rather than a failure to collect or share intelligence, this was a failure to connect and understand the intelligence that we already had. >> holman: as the president spoke, officials released declassified results of the investigation so far. among the new revelations: the 23-year-old niger
considerable tension between the united states and israel. still a year later, mitchel said last night there had been movement toward a resumption of lks. >> there i i believe, a strong feeling that the ti has come for negotiations begin. we're getting a lot of encouragement i that regard. >> mitchl says he will be going back tthe region in the next few days. and secretary of stateillary clinton to meet torrow with officials from rdan and egypt. if you listen to the israel and palestinian leadership, the time is rit to start talng again. both palesnian president mahmoud abbas and benjamin netanyahu met rently with the egyptian vice president hosni mubarak and bo sound positive afterwards. >> i just came fr gypt, and am encouraged. i expect and hope to see such a readiness from t palestinian thority. it is ti to move the pea procs forward. >> weave no objeion to negotiions or meetings in inciple, and we are not setting an conditis. this issue must be derstood. however, we have said and we are still saying that once a ttlement activi is halte and th international terms of reference are
. we do not claim to know as much as the united states. but in the region here, we have been engaged in operations and anti-terror operations for the good part of 40 years. >> jordan's position is an uncomfortable one, a prominent muslim middle eastern nation whose policies are pro-western, but whose people view the u.s. with suspicion, some even with violent hatred. bbc news, jordan. >> a suicide attack and southeastern afghanistan has killed a senior security officer and six others. officials say the bomber detonated explosives in a busy area, killing all seven on the spot, wounding a least 24. the security officer was the commander for the neighboring province. police said the indian administered kashmir say troops shot dead two gunmen who took over a hotel in the regional capital. the hotel was stormed after a 24-hour standoff. the governor took refuge after throwing grenades and opened fire at a busy market. at least one busy -- busy market was killed. iran has said it will form trials. five people arrested in connection with religious commemorations. the news agency says the ch
recruiting people to attack the united states but those agencies failed to follow through. >> rather than a failure to collect or share gel skwrepbs, this was a failure to connect and understand the intelligence that we already had. >> reporter: the review ordered by the president finds that the u.s. government had sufficient information prior to attempted december 25 attack to have potentially disrupted the al qaeda plot. but when the president met in the oval office to review terrorist threats just three days before the attack, umar farouk abdulmutallab was not even on the list, despite a series of red flags. >> what's new here and what's important and dramatic is the fact that you have an al qaeda affiliate trying to hit the homeland directly. >> reporter: numerous officials, including the president's top homeland security advisors say they share in the blame. >> i told president today i let him down. >> reporter: the head of the national counterterrorism center left for a ski vacation shortly after the attack, meeting with the white house by secure phone. still, the president said no
knew that they sought to strike the united states, and that they were recruiting operatives to do so, the intelligence community did not aggressively follow up on and prioritize particular streams of intelligence, related to a possible attack against the homeland. second, this contributed to a larger failure of analysis. a failure to connect the dots of intelligence that existed across our intelligence community and which, together, could have revealed that abdulmutallab was planning an attack. third, this, in turn, fed into shortcomings in the watch community, which resulted in this person being placed on the no-fly list, thieb -- thereby allowing him to board the plane in amsterdam. in summary, the u.s. government had the information, scattered throughout the system, to potentially uncover this plot and disrupt the attacks. rather than a failure to collect or share intelligence, this was a failure to connect and understand the intelligence that we already have. and that's why we took swift action in the immediate days following christmas, including reviewing and updating the terror
. but i think look when you have the president of the united states using c-span as a lever to get elected, maybe brian felt like he was being used and said if you are going to use me, i'm going to do the same. come up and do what said you are gonna do. >> greta: not the fact that he said he was gonna put it on c-span we showed videos. this is different it has an enormous impact. not as i say naming a post office. he says things so we can see who is making the argument. most people want to know why did nebraska get what it got? it is not true. we don't know who got bought off. that's a lie. >> it is a lie. not only don't we know about the deals that are being made that clearly in a conference committee when you sit and vote on amendments and it's a public debate. you are right c-span cameras aren't normally there because generally speaking it is not particularly interesting it is like a committee mark-up, boring, dry. in this case it wouldn't be. in this case the stakes are really high. and the subject matter would be i think very, very interesting to a lot of people. who is really fightin
, is not an aspirational terrorist cell but operational one that is a real and lethal threat to the united states. the president described the suspect in the case umar farouk abdulmutallab as a knowner theer r e er t known terrorist. one who never should have been aboard an airliner to the united states. the failure to protect was a problem and the aviation security measures he's strengthening wouldn't had been necessary if the intelligence communitied a done its job and in one respect he addressed how the intelligence community let him and the nation down. take a quick listen. >> we knew they sought to strike the united states and they were recruiting operatives to do so. the intelligence community did not aggressively follow up on and prioritize particular streams of intelligence related to a possible attack against the homeland. >> reporter: in that regard, the central intelligence agency just released a statement saying that the director of the c.i.a. leon panetta ordered that information gathered be disseminated more rapidly within 48 hours on extremist or suspected terrorist and the c.i.a.
attacks on the united states. and i really believe the president and the attorney general should rethink the commitment to the justice system. we came from outside the country. what he was planning was an attack on america. this is a war-like attack. he should not be treated like a domestic criminal. >> larry: can you later try him criminally? >> you can do what you want. the reality was, she should have been treated as an enemy combat ton. they have authorize the military tribunals. if you are going to have somebody in a military try bulal. somebody that comes to the united states with a bomb to blow up an airplane in one of our cities, should be treated like a wartime criminal. that may be an academic dispute for people. if you treat him as a criminal justice defendant, you cannot question him. and he sounds like someone you can crack easily. it soundsed like he wanted to talk and we cut it off. >> larry: what do you think of the president's strong statement yesterday of security measures and tightening them up? >> the president needs to make a major correction in the wait he is dealin
at the sea ports and at the land ports. in the united states. and as well as really beefed up up our communication with state and local law enforcement about things they need to be on the watch for. >> reporter: can you be specific about things you are doing is this. >> we are searched personnel. we have searched examination of cargo and other things that come across the sea ports. >> reporter: the asked the secretary about the decision to screen citizens and travelers from 14 countries linked to terrorism. how does targeting the 14 countries different from profiling? >> well, it's not profiling. it's threat based. >> reporter: isn't profiling often threat based in. >> no, i don't think so. it's stereo typing, assuming because a person is a particular race of religion that they may be bad. this is intelligence that suggests that those who seek to do ill, either in other european countries or to the united states, are threats that have emanated through those countries and to the threat of the united states, extra screening has to be done. >> reporter: let me ask you about body scanner
there is someone more torn about this dilemma, and that is the president of the united states, who now realizes the reality of the situation. >> wasn't quite as torn during the campaign, was he? >> no. but he understand now. >> he understands now. it goes back to the conversation you had with a certain top official saying mike, if you knew what i knew every day, you wouldn't get out of bed in the morning. >> i was thinking about that the other day. the high-ranking guy, access to every security piece of paper that comes across the president's desk. he sees it beforehand, and i once asked him -- this is about a year and a half ago. and i said what's it like? you get up at 4:00 in the morning and you look at the intel reports. and if you look at what we see what the president sees, you probably wouldn't want to get out of bed every day. >> and he grapples with this and what our country is about. and it's the same issue with torture. they are very hard decisions. at the same time, what are we going to look like 10, 20, 30 years from now if we let this unravel. i agree it's very difficult. >> what
to the united states. >> reporter: the report concludes it was not information sharing among agencies, but more systemic. a failure of analysis, connecting the dots, and now in hindsight, a failure to follow up on the lead that al qaeda in yemen wanted to strike the u.s. on the homeland. >> we must follow the leads that we get, and we must pursue them until plots are disrupted. that means assigning clear lines of responsibility. >> reporter: the president issued 16 new reforms he wants implemented at key agencies including state, review how u.s. visas are issued and revoked. homeland security. pursue new technologies and procedures for screening airline passengers. cia. strengthen procedures on terrorist watch lists. fbi, conduct a full review of the terrorist-screening data base. a senior state department official tells nbc news a simple misstepping of abdul muttalab's name is why no one knew he had a valid visa. >> the president is investing a billion dollar more in aviation security around the world. he said we've got to get a handle on improving airport security. all it took this past sunda
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the united states and then that they were recruiting operatives to do so. the intelligence community did not aggressively follow-up on and prioritize particular streams of intelligence related to a possible attack against the homeland. second, this contributed to a larger failure of analysis. a failure to connect the dots of intelligence that existed across our intelligence community and which, together, could have revealed that abdulmutallab was planning an attack. third, this, in turn, fed into shortcomings in the watch-list system in resulted in this person not placed on the no-fly list, thereby, allowing him to board that plane in amsterdam for detroit. in sum, the u.s. government had the information scattered throughout the system to potentially uncover this plot and disrupt the attack. rather than a failure to collect or share intelligence, this was a failure to connect and understand the intelligence that we already had. and that's why we took swift action in the immediate days following christmas, including reviewing and updating the terrorist watch list system, and adding more i
at this and ask the same questions that the president of the united states will hopefully answer about an hour and a half from now. i have to tell you that i am surprised as you are and i expected that the president would be speaking at 3:02 and now it is 3:01 and we have learned from the white house he will be push back the speech, so you are going to be going through this with us. here is first thing i want to tell you about. we have assembled a panel of folks who will be taking us through this. let me tell you who we have on board before i show you the video and hang tight, because the video is worth watching. congresswoman sheila jackson lee is going to be joining us. she will take us through what the reaction is from the democratic side and how much she thinks that the president should take, how much heat. and also, from the sacramento region, we will have dan joining us. and our own cast of characters, ed henry, the white house senior correspondent will be here, and chris lawrence from the pentagon is going to be joining us as well to take us through what is going on in the military side
of this, was involved in the original piece of information about a nigerian coming to the united states as part of a holiday attack on the united states soil this means yemen and this is about a father who talked about his son in yes, ma'am hon had become radicalized. someone should have at least pulsed the system to put these two things together. i think at the end of the day you are going to find some human error, people working 14, 16 hours under very difficult conditions who did not put this together. to field and knit together diverse pieces of information that come in every day from all over the world. >> senator gordon, last thought, alack kifs involved perhaps in the fort hood matter and at the outset, we talked to jim jones, national security director said two strikes again the president, failure to act against the awlaki connection. the guy is still over there. are we facing a third attack from this guy, directed by him and wasn't addressed today at all in these briefings? >> of course we are. i want to go back to the information we got from lagos under the previous system was
qaeda in the arabian peninsula and their attempts to try to do something to the united states, some sort of terrorist attack. they knew all this information, but the dots weren't connected. that's going to be the basis of this report today about all of those intelligence failures. we had the information, didn't connect the dots. the president himself is going to lay out new reforms and some systemic improvements that we wants to see across agencies on the intelligence side and on the airline security side, brian. >> all right. chuck todd on the north lawn. we'll look at the podium before the president strides up. again, the president had said the failure wasn't collecting the intelligence. it was connecting the intelligence. he is said to be alarmed that what he's found in this report. his national security advisor said some people may find elements of it shocking. here now, president obama. >> good afternoon, everybody. the immediate reviews that i ordered after the failed christmas terrorist attack are now complete. i was just briefed on the findings and recommendations for reform. i b
of the united states before christmas of this past year. and this organization, in the shadow of the cia, was created to connect the dots. we've heard the president of the united states say the dots were out there and we simply did not connect them. so will this guy be the guy to go in it's interesting because a little before christmas he did grant an interview to npr, national public radio, and in it, and this is very troubling, he says we're not going to stop every attack. he goes on to say americans have to understand that it is impossible to stop every terrorist event, but we have to do our best. is a guy, who is saying, hey, look, we can't catch all the balls, is he the one you want in the job? perhaps his head will roll. >> they said in langly, they can't believe he didn't return to the back cave because that's where it is called and that's where the clearinghouse is. some of the pictures you have seen in the local newspapers of a second floor shot looking down at a bunch of tables, that's the counter terror center. for him to put on his goggles and go down the ski slopes is uncons
but this is a guess, the downturn in the united states was the longest 23 months at best 22, the worst 24 and deepest since world war ii but the deepest for this episode is in parentheses if you take the trough as the second quarter last negative quarter of real gdp gdp is 3.7% which is any decline from peak to trough since world war ii. this was the longest in the u.s. and the deepest downturn that we ever had. now why? it's complicated. lots of things happen that went on. but i would isolate for purposes here a couple of major facets which are not adequate to describe the complicated interactions that went on in this downturn on like virtually any other business cycle that i have ever seen and studied. table three provide the kernel of thought. it's the financial factor in business cycle and this time and unusually so the american consumer in table three you see two asset-price bubbles bursting in the climb of real estate prices and stock prices over the great recession pro. uncomfortable because if you look at these numbers it was the biggest recession. it's a great recessions i'm going to call it
as the next united states senator, someone who has independent stances not based on party. my record is one of avoiding unnecessary taxes as well as imprudent spending. i am fiscally responsible. my record in the state legislature, which was some time ago but still relevant, was one of fiscal prudence. and i believe the top priority for the next connecticut senator is more jobs for the nation and economic revival, and that will be my priority, and it has been also in enforcing anti-trust laws, consumer laws, and i have done so vigorously and aggressively because i believe that small businesses are protected as well as consumers. >> what you hear, and these are among your opponents, to be sure. they say dick blumenthal as attorney general all these years was too good, that you brought too many lawsuits against businesses, that you committed too many regulations, that you supported too much tax increases in the connecticut legislature, and, in fact, an odd statistics not so odd. in connecticut, since 1991 -- that's a long time ago -- there has not been a single net new private job created. th
want you to be the next united states senator from the state of connecticut. we're going to do everything we can to help you. he was very encouraging and very supportive. i am very proud to have this opportunity to possibly follow senator dodd in the united states senate. >> looks like it could be a pretty crowded race. your potential republican opponent linda mcmahon has already spent about $5 million. here's what she told matt lauer this morning on the "today" show. >> i'm prepared o spend what it takes to win. i'm going to fund the campaign because i'm able to do that. i didn't want to take any special interest or pac money. when the money i've earned i'm spending and putting forward to win this race. >> just how tough a race do you think this is going to be and how expensive? >> i've never taken pac money and i have rejected all special interest money because i have stood strong and taken legal action against many of those special interests, pharmaceutical drug companies when they overcharge our consumers or market it off-label. insurance companies when they deny coverage t
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